We will be holding the first of our regular friendly competitions this Friday. We will start straight after warm-up and footwork, so please be ready to fence promptly. The format will be decided based on how many entries we have, so please arrive on time!
This competition is for younger fencers, and offers a great opportunity to qualify for the British Youth Championships.
It’s not far away, at Swindon Indoor Football.
Full details will be posted on the Southern Region website here:
We return to our regular Friday and Tuesday sessions at Rye 4th January. See you there to blow away the Christmas cobwebs!
The festive atmosphere of the BBO Foil Rally was a great place for some of our junior fencers to gain experience (or more experience) of team competition. Amidst the Christmas lights, fairies, French hens, geese allez-ing, turkey foils and the occasional (Foiliz Navidad) bull, matador, piglet and pirate, our teams wielded “Foils Around the Christmas Tree”, and brought “Piste on Earth”. Even our spare fencer found a two-person team to join, proving indeed that “It’s a Wonderfoil Life”. Well done to Esther, Luca, Vito, Ava, Cohen, Xavier and Ruby, for putting in a long day of fencing.
Report by Anne Tester, photo by James Kingston
Congratulations to Shazamin Shaharani for his bronze medal in the Sussex Open Men’s Epee!
OFC came back with three medals from the BB&O epee championships. Freya Leech picked up gold in the U12s girls, having fenced in the poules with the U14s. Ava Tester took bronze in the U14s girls. Mark Leech won silver in the men’s event. Well done all!
Oxford Fencing Club was well represented at the Southern Fencing Region Epee Competition today. Well done to Mark Leech, Eunmin Na, Matt Pickering, Shazamin Shahrani and Anne Tester for a good effort. Matt earned himself a silver medal, while Eunmin, Shaz and Anne came away with bronze. Mark was just outside the medals in fifth. Special mention for Eunmin’s performance in the poules (in which she beat the eventual Ladies gold medallist among others) which was outstanding!
This Sunday (21st October) sees the Southern Region Foil Championships for:
Entry will be £15 for each competition. The competition is being held in St. Gabriel’s School in Newbury.
Check-In Times (TBC):
- Novice Foil – Check-in from 9:30 and event starts at 10 am
- Senior Foil – Check-in from 11 am and approx start 11:30 am
Girls and Boys U11 All Weapons
The competition will be held in parallel with the adult competition at St. Gabriel’s and is open to any boy or girl who was 10 or under on the 31st December 2018. Competition is planned in all weapons. Enter here
Adult Epee and Sabre Championships – 28th October
Coming up the following week are the SR Epee and Sabre championships, which will also be held in St. Gariel’s. Entry via Sport:80 and more details here.
Vito, Luke and Francis fenced in the U14 age group of the Southern Region’s team foil event on 7 October. They did very well and reached the last 8. Well done!
On 7 October Arthur, Aryan and Cohen took part in their first competition, in the Under 10s category, in which there were 10 teams. Between them they had combined fencing experience of only about two and a half years! Cohen’s mum Anne, who also took the photo, writes: “They conducted themselves well, and deserve to be proud. I am reliably informed that although this was an under 10’s comp (as at 1 Jan 2019), we were pitted against several 10 year olds and at least one 11 year old!”
Congratulations to all three for taking their first competitive steps.